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General Synod – February update

Synod 2017Registration opened in early January and many Conferences are getting their delegates and staff registered.  Over 1,000 have already registered, well ahead of our normal pace.

The proposed resolutions have been posted on the Synod website.  We always make them available early so that your delegates can start reviewing them well ahead of Synod.  One note of caution; the Committee on Disposition will not make its recommendations on the resolutions until March but we think it’s still a good idea to make them available for review now.  They can be found at <http://synod.uccpages.org/resolutions>.

The Local Arrangements Committee of the Central Atlantic Conference wants everybody to know of their pre and post-Synod events and would appreciate it if the Conferences pass along the information to their member churches.  These events include field trips to historic Annapolis, Maryland, a tour of Maryland’s historic black colleges and universities and a bus tour of the neighborhood where Freddie Gray lived and died.  There will also be a trip to the National Museum of African American History, a trip to Pennsylvania and Lancaster Theological Seminary and a tour of historic Philadelphia.  For complete information, go to <http://synod.uccpages.org/special-events.html >.  All of these trips have limited space available, are on a first-registration basis, have a fee, and can be found by accessing the link to the event.

Also, the Conference has a great deal of information regarding Synod Service Projects available for review at <http://synod.uccpages.org/service-projects.html> .  Service Projects in Baltimore include providing bedding and clothing for the homeless and collecting donations for Best Friends Animal Society, a no-kill animal welfare organization working with shelters in the Baltimore area.  Attendees can also take part in Blue Water Baltimore, an urban forestry project.  A fourth service project is a walking tour called the Faces of Homelessness, an Injustice Walk.  Access the link for complete information on these four worthwhile service projects and how you can help.

And, the Conference has asked that we start spreading the word on the Children’s Program and Child Care Program, both administered by the host Conference.  Go to <http://synod.uccpages.org/childrens-program.html> for all the details.  The cost of these two programs is subsidized by Synod and the Conference in an effort to make them very affordable so that parents have a safe and secure place for their children while attending Synod business sessions.

If you want to keep up with General Synod on social media, you have a couple of options. Follow updates on our Facebook events page, which you can find here:  <https://www.facebook.com/events/1826343704286011/>.  If you’re posting about General Synod on Instagram or Twitter, don’t forget to use the hashtag #UCCGS.

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